2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Leadership, B.S. (online GCS)

Jeff Doolittle, D.S.L., Director

The Bachelor of Science in Leadership (BSL) is designed to help working adults reach their career and educational goals.  This flexible degree program meets the needs of those looking to begin a new college degree program or get back on track to complete their higher education objectives.

As a BSL student, you will be exposed to the qualitative and quantitative aspects of business, including leadership, human resources, organizational change, Information technology, operations management, and marketing.  The program focuses on the integration of your experience to the academic coursework with the intention that the knowledge and skills you develop will be directly applicable to the work environment.  The objectives of the program are to enhance your leadership ability to:

  • Develop and lead teams in the current local and global business environment.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse internal and external audiences to contribute to a positive team climate.
  • Create a positive organizational culture which values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Discuss and research the various laws and regulations that impact organizations.
  • Apply the concepts of organizational motivation, group behavior, group dynamics, organizational communication, and decision-making in the organizational context.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to Identify, analyze, and solve business related problems from a Christian worldview.

Program Format

The BSL program is an accredited degree program that offers a core business track, business electives as well as all the general education and elective courses needed to complete your degree with course offerings starting every 6 weeks.

Candidates entering the program with 0-30 hours of previous credits begin with general education and business electives and progress to the core business track.  Candidates transferring more than 30 hours of credit will utilize a mix of general education courses, core business courses, as well as electives to meet the required 120 credit hours.

Master’s Path:

Well qualified BSL or BASL students may choose to take 500-level dual credit courses that count toward an ONU business master’s degree program.  Students desiring to complete 500-level courses must have either a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or an institutional G.P.A. of 3.0 with a minimum of 12 hours.  The following courses are offered for dual credit:


To graduate, students must successfully complete the BSL curriculum with a GPA of 2.0 or above and have earned a total of 120 credit hours.  Students must complete 30 hours of upper-division coursework and two (2) or three (3) Bible classes at Olivet.  Students falling below a 2.0 GPA will be put on academic probation and may be subject to suspension from the program.

Students who possess an Associate of Applied Science degree or comparable educational credentials in an applied science or technical field may be eligible for block  transfer credit.  Students using block credit will earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Leadership degree.